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Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology


Our Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology program combines academics with clinical experience to prepare highly trained speech-language pathologists. 

Speech-language pathologists help prevent, evaluate, diagnose and manage communication disorders associated with speech, voice, language, and cognitive and swallowing impairments. 

Coursework is designed and sequenced to provide you with the scientific and professional education you need to be a highly trained speech-language pathologist. 

You have the option to complete a thesis. You will also have clinical experiences every term — both on and off campus — beginning with structured observations of assessment and intervention procedures. 

Graduates of the program have a 100% pass rate on the national Praxis examination. 

Our program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Fast Facts: Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology
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Program Length:
Two Years

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Our Approach


The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at RUSH University Medical Center integrates outstanding graduate education, superior patient care, excellence in research and scholarship and service to diverse communities.


The clinical and graduate education programs of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences will be recognized as among the best in the United States.

SLP student learning outcomes

Our program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations to:

Demonstrate skills and proficiency in applying contemporary principles of clinical practice in the assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders

Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity in clinical populations and environments

Engage in interprofessional practice in clinical service delivery

Be leaders in local, regional, and national professional organizations and at their institutions of employment

Praxis scores

Praxis results of graduates from the academic year shown # of test-takers # of test-takers passing the exam % of test-takers passing the exam
2022-2023 55 55 100%
2021-2022 39 39 100%
2020-2021 37 37 100%


CDS strategic plan

Communication Sciences and Disorders Strategic Plan 2022-2027

CDS Strategic Plan 2022-2027 Executive Summary

Program Length and Location

The Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology program takes place on campus and takes approximately two years to complete.

On-time program completion rate

Period # completed within expected time frame % completed within expected time frame
2022-2023  50/55 91%
2021-2022  36/39 92%
2020-2021  35/37 95%

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is $1,239 per credit.

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Speech-Language Pathology Career Opportunities

Employment of speech-language pathologists is expected to grow 21% through 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is much faster than the average of other careers.

The median annual wage for speech-language pathologists was $79,060 in May 2021.

Graduates of our program have a 100% employment rate within 12 months of graduation. They accept competitive positions in the Chicago area and across the country.

Reporting period Employment rate in profession
  # of graduates from prior year % of graduates from prior year
2022-2023 55/55 100%
2021-2022 39/39 100%
2020-2021 37/37 100%


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